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Questions tagged [projective-geometry]

Projective geometry is closely related to perspective geometry. These types of geometry originated with artists around the 14th century.

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Finding the Transform matrix from 4 projected points (with Javascript)

I'm working on a project using Chrome - JS and Webkit 3D CSS3 transform matrix. The final goal is to create a tool for artistic projects using projectors and animation - somewhat far away from using ...
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Help understanding Algebraic Geometry

I while ago I started reading Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry and it almost immediately felt like I hit a brick wall. I have some experience with category theory and abstract algebra but not with ...
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Geometry or topology behind the “impossible staircase”

This question on the topology of Escher games reminded me of a question I've had in my head for a little while now. Is there anything interesting geometric or topological that can be said about the ...
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Plücker Relations

Let $K$ be a field, $1 \leq d \leq n$ integers and $V$ an $n$-dimensional vector space. The Plücker relations are quadratic forms on $\wedge^d V$ whose zero set is exactly the set of decomposable ...
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What is a good book to study classical projective geometry for the reader familiar with algebraic geometry?

The more I study algebraic geometry, the more I realize how I should have studied projective geometry in depth before. Not that I don't understand projective space (on the contrary, I am well versed ...
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How should I think about very ample sheaves?

Definition. [Hartshorne] If $X$ is any scheme over $Y$, an invertible sheaf $\mathcal{L}$ is very ample relative to $Y$, if there is an imersion $i:X \to \mathbb{P}_Y^r$ for some $r$ such that $i^\ast(...
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Name for a body that can be completely described using its silhouettes

I'm shooting blind over here because I have no background in this field of mathematics. I assume that if you have a body (in $\mathbb{R}^3$), you can call it convex if any segment from one point ...
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The genus of the Fermat curve $x^d+y^d+z^d=0$

I need to calculate the genus of the Fermat Curve, and I'd like to be reviewed on what I have done so far; I'm not secure of my argumentation. Such curve is defined as the zero locus $$X=\{[x:y:z]\...
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How do you create projective plane out of a finite field?

I have heard and read unclear mentions of links between projective planes and finite fields. Is it possible to construct a projective plane (or a Steiner system) starting out with a field? Could you, ...
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Geometric Interpretation of the Cross-Ratio

The cross ratio of 4 points $A,B,C,D$ in the plane is defined by $$(A,B,C,D) = \frac{AC}{AD} \frac{BD}{BC}$$ And it's a ratio which is preserved under projections, inversions and in general, by ...
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Is a divisor in the hyperplane class necessarily a hyperplane divisor?

Let $V$ be a smooth irreducible projective curve over an algebraically closed field $k$, embedded in some projective space $\mathbb{P}^n$, and let $[H]$ be the induced hyperplane divisor class on $V$. ...
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homeomorphism between the real projective line and a circle

I'm currently following an introductory course in geometry and it was mentioned that the real projective line is homeomorphic to a circle. Could someone please state the topologies on both the real ...
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If a line bundle and its dual both have a section (on a projective variety) does this imply that the bundle is trivial?

Is there any reason that, on a projective variety X, if a line bundle L has a (non-zero) section and also its dual has a section then this implies that L is the trivial line bundle?
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Can a continuous map $S^2 \rightarrow S^2$ preserve orthogonality without being an isometry?

Suppose I have a map $\phi: S^2 \rightarrow S^2$ and I know that a) $\phi$ is continuous and bijective b) If $a$ and $b$ subtend an angle of $\pi / 2$ at the center of the sphere, then so do $\phi(a)...
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How to complete Vakil's proof that the composition of projective morphisms are projective when the target is quasicompact?

For this question, a morphism $\pi : X \rightarrow Y$ is projective iff there exists a finite type quasicoherent sheaf $\mathcal{E}$ on $Y$ such that $X$ is isomorphic (as a $Y-$scheme) to a closed ...
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The intersection of two parallel lines

My teacher told me that two parallel lines have a point of intersection, it is called Point at infinity. But I I can't understand how it can be true or how was it proved, can someone explain this to ...
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Difference between Projective Geometry and Affine Geometry

I recently started reading the book Multiple View Geometry by Hartley and Zisserman. In the first chapter I came across the following concepts.. Projective geometry is an extension of Euclidean ...
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Question about tangent conics

Suppose we have two conic section curves (the red one and the blue one) that are each tangent to a third conic (the black one) in two places. The picture shows ellipses, but I don't think that matters....
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Computing cohomology of hypersurface

I'm taking a course on differential geometry now, and we got the following exercise from the lecturer: compute the (de Rham) cohomology groups $H_{dR}^i(M)$ of your favourite space. In all the ...
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Geometric interpretation of the Logarithm (in $\mathbb{R}$)

(Note: limited to $\mathbb{R}$) (Note: Geometric here means with straightedge and compass) Standard approaches to introducing the concept of Logarithm rely on a previous exposition of the ...
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History of the point at infinity?

I'm curious to learn more about the history of the introduction of the concept of the point at infinity into mathematics. The sum of my knowledge of the historical aspect is from this paragraph (which ...
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topologies of spaces in escher games

There have been a couple of games released (or in development) in the past couple of years which do some weird topological tricks: Echochrome (video), Crush (video), and Fez (video). Do the spaces ...
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Prerequisite of Projective Geometry for Algebraic Geometry

I studied Euclidean Geometry in high-school, and I have not studied anything relates to geometry since I started studying in university. I am now intending to study Algebraic Geometry, however, I ...
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Textbook for Projective Geometry

So while not actually a specific problem I'm struggling with, I was hoping for some of your insight! For a course, I'm currently reading Stillwell's Four Pillars of Geometry. While it does a nice ...
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Learning projective geometry

My ultimate goal is to learn some algebraic geometry with the more concrete immediate goal of understanding things like how $\mathbb R\mathrm P^2$ is embedded in $\mathbb C\mathrm P^2$ or how $\mathbb ...
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Quaternionic veronese Embedding

I know that the complex projective line $\mathbb{C}P^1$ can be embedded in the complex projective space $\mathbb{C}P^n$ (Veronese embedding). For example, $\mathbb{C}P^1\rightarrow\mathbb{C}P^3$ is ...
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Non-trivial questions about confocal ellipses

This question arises from an attempt to give an elementary solution to an interesting problem. Main question. Assume that $\Gamma_{AB}$ and $\Gamma_{AC}$ are two ellipses with foci at $A,B$ and $A,...
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Weighted blow-ups

I would like to understand what's a weighted blow-up in a very simple case: $\mathbb{C}^2$ blown-up in the origin with weights $(a,b)$. In found some notes online saying that this is the surface $X$ ...
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Why is the line at infinity one-dimensional?

Why is the line at infinity a one-dimensional manifold, i.e. why is it truly a "line" at infinity and not a plane? Is my reasoning below at all correct? (When I say "dimension" I mean "real dimension"...
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Mathematics and the art of linearizing the circle

[I edited the question and put stronger emphasis on "constant curvature" than on "naturalness".] One of the most prominent problems of ancient mathematics was the squaring of the circle: to construct ...
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Understanding cross ratio and harmonic conjugates

I'm studying projective geometry and I'm really having trouble with ''grokking'' what's it all about. Is there an easy/intuitive/visual way to understand cross ratio? I understand that it's ...
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How can hypersurfaces “know” the degree of their defining polynomials?

I'm currently trying to learn some complex and projective geometry. There is one issue bugging me again and again, from different perspectives, and I just can't get my head around it. One incarnation ...
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A modern textbook on affine and projective spaces

Requirements: Scalar fields other than $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{C}$. Precise. Visual explanations are good, but they must complement definitions and proofs, not replace them. No repetition of text. ...
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How to imagine vector spaces (and projective spaces) over a finite field

So I have been learning about projective spaces for the last few hours, and I think I understand the basics pretty well, but there is an exercise, which I do not know how to solve at all. It comes ...
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Cremona transformations are birational maps

Consider the following map, which is a Cremona transformation: $$ \begin{split} f\colon & \mathbb P^2 \dashrightarrow \mathbb P^2 \\ & (x:y:z) \mapsto (xy: xz: yz) \end{split} $$ I have to ...
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arithmetic and geometric genus for a reducible plane curve

If $C$ is an irreducible plane curve we have the well known formula relating the airthmetic (obtained via the degree-genus formula) and the geometric genus $$\frac{(d-1)(d-2)}{2} - \sum \frac{r(r-1)}{...
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Augmented Reality Transformation Matrix Optimization

i am a software developer, i'm working on an Augmented Reality system. I'd like to receive some advice in order to optimize my math model. My program has to be slim and fast. Here's the situation: ...
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Packing infinitely many ellipses into a circle

Given a circle $C$, and an infinite set $S$ of mutually disjoint ellipses which are inside and tangent to $C$, prove that there must exist a disk $D$ which lies inside $C$ but outside every ellipse. ...
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What path should train tracks follow to appear parallel all the way to the horizon?

Imagine standing between the rails on a train track and looking out towards the horizon. The rails are parallel, but they appear to converge as they recede into the distance. Is there any curve that ...
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Conic by three points and two tangent lines

With the exception of degenerate situations, a conic is uniquely determined by five points lying on it. Likewise, five lines tangent to a conic uniquely define that conic. With four points and one ...
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A “trivial” implication I don't understand.

I'm reading the article "Belyi's theorem for complex surfaces - Gabino Gonzalez Diez" and there are few lines of a certain proof that I don't understand (the author claims that all is trivial): ...
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“Every geometry is a projective geometry.” So is hyperbolic geometry a projective geometry?

The great mathematician Arthur Cayley seems to have said "all geometry is projective geometry" (sorry no exact source, probably it is somewhere in Felix Klein's Erlangen program). In projective ...
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Is the graph of morphism of projective varieties $X \rightarrow Y$ closed in $X \times Y$?

The graph of a morphism $X \rightarrow Y$ is closed in $X \times Y$ if $X$ and $Y$ are affine varieties. What if $X$ and $Y$ are projective varieties? I am still not quite familiar with projective ...
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How to calculate true lengths from perspective projection?

Suppose that I have a single point perspective drawing like . and suppose also that I know some of the real horizontal distances and distances along lines converging to vanishing point. E.g if i know ...
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How should I think of lines and planes in projective space?

I have been learning about projective varieties recently and I realised that I have some trouble trying to grasp what lines and planes are even in say $\Bbb{P}^3$. For one, how should I think about a ...
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Characterizing $\text{PGL}_2(\mathbb F_p)$

Where can I find a description and proof of the basic structure of $\text{PGL}_2(\mathbb{F}_p)$ (number of elements with each order, conjugacy classes, etc.) which is understandable by an ...
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Is there a slick way to show that finite projective planes of $7$ points are unique up to isomorphism?

I was reading about the Fano plane, the smallest possible projective plane. After playing around with it, it seems that any projective plane of 7 points will be isomorphic to the Fano plane. However,...
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Analytically flavored book in projective geometry

I am looking for a book in projective geometry, using the apparatus of linear algebra, complex analysis, and, perhaps, modern algebra, in full. The counterexample is the Hartshorne's book on ...
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Why is $\mathbb{R} P^n$ called projective space?

I know that: If one defines an equivalence relation on $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}-\{0\}$ by $$x\sim y \iff y=tx$$ for some nonzero real number $t$, where $x,y\in\mathbb{R}^{n+1}-\{0\}$, Then The real ...
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Perspective problem - trapezium turned square

True or false: If you draw a trapezium on the ground, there always exists a point above (but not necessarily directly above) the trapezium such that the trapezium looks like a square from that point. ...